Republished from August blog to celebrate the new launch of my Web site
The key to meditation (and life, too) is in learning to recover with grace. When you realize you’re lost in the thought, the instruction is to gently return your attention to the breath.
"What I see is that how you react in the moment after you realize you've been lost is a reflection of how you react to troubles off the meditation cushion."
I don’t know about you, but 90% of the time, I do not recover gently from my life challenges. Usually, first, I rail against the world, against myself, against the unfairness of life. Then I cry. Or flail about in anger and frustration.
Only after I exhaust myself do I give up and gently recover, mainly because I’m too tired to do anything else.
How fast do you recover from the losses and traumas in your life? How gentle are you in the act of returning?
Personally, I write this as my own gentle act of returning (after all the flailing about of course). I had an opportunity to work as a freelance copywriter with a start-up company in the Bay Area writing social media and success stories in the past half year. It was a great experience for me to be back with a team of marketing professionals–two brilliant women who led their department with humor and striking strategy—and contribute my expertise to that sharp team.
And now that the gig is up, I am officially declaring myself a coach and a Reiki practitioner once more as well as a lifelong writer, because, in truth, all these things won’t give up on me. And I’m so thankful these occupations (or preoccupations) hung around while I got to save some cash to fully fund my new and improved business.
Perhaps I should wait on this declaration until the rest of the details are all hashed out, but, of course, I’m a quickstart and usually leap before I’ve mapped out how I’m going to fly.
Besides, if I fall, it’s okay because I’ve has plenty of practice in the art of gentle recovery.
I look forward to getting to know you even better and helping you with beginning (gently) again, too.